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Takeaways from the 2019 Journalism Funders Gathering

We’ve come a long way since 2001, when a handful of journalism funders got together to compare notes. (We’re looking at you, Jon Funabiki, Vivian Vahlberg and Eric Newton!) Last week, we convened more than 100 funders for our annual gathering to discuss some of the most pressing issues facing journalism today.

Including people with disabilities in nonprofits and foundations: Accessibility & equity webinar series

Media Impact Funders has joined 18 philanthropic and nonprofit organizations to present a series of free online diversity, equity, access and inclusion training sessions on the nuts and bolts of how PSOs and foundations and their grantees can include people with disabilities from all backgrounds in their work. The series is hosted by RespectAbility, a […]

WATCH: Supporting diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in journalism

As philanthropy works to support the rebuilding of local news in communities across America in a variety of ways, many funders are also aware of this persistent problem: the lack of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in media organizations. Part of building journalism that serves everyone is ensuring that newsrooms look just as diverse as the […]

“The Game Changers”: Planting the seeds of veganism, one meat-eating dude at a time

Question: Let’s say you’re at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, watching the premiere of a documentary about the power and promise of veganism. “A shocking new documentary that will change the way you look at meat,” reads one of the reviews. Immediately after exiting the film, do you:

Borealis Philanthropy announces new pooled fund to support news organizations & communities of color

Earlier this month, Borealis Philanthropy announced the launch of the Racial Equity in Journalism Fund, a pooled fund to increase the capacity and sustainability of news organizations led by people of color, and to increase civic engagement for communities of color.

Unleashing the power of impact media in education: A Q&A with SIMA Studios

SIMA Studios is a global curator of social impact media with multiple arms: SIMA Awards, which honor high-quality social impact media across the globe; SIMA X, a community film screening and distribution initiative; and SIMA Classroom, an educational program designed to “provide first-class visual storytelling resources to education forums worldwide.” Recently, we chatted with SIMA’s […]

Success beyond scale: Evaluating outcomes that funders really care about

“Scale”—too often this is the bane of a grantee’s or evaluator’s existence when it comes to assessing the social impact of media projects. Why are funders so stuck on this concept, and what other impact models might matter more? As we’ve been reviewing materials we’ve gathered on media impact over the past several years, these […]

WATCH: Building on-ramps to local journalism funding

As funding for nonprofit journalism increases, how do we go from plans to action? How do we make the case for journalism funding to funders who think they can’t make media grants because of how their portfolios are structured, or who don’t know enough about the field to make impactful grants? How do we create […]

A master class for philanthropy in listening

Throughout America today, headlines reveal political division, racial animus, and horrific episodes of gun violence sparked by xenophobic ideology. In mass media and through direct expression in social media dominated by angry political invective, it seems that America has never been more divided.

WATCH: Funding environmental journalism—the landscape, best practices & new projects

This month’s journalism webinar marked the second in a series exploring innovative ways to fund reporting on science, health and the environment. This time, we looked at the field of environmental reporting and heard about successful partnerships and scalable models.

Here’s your summer impact reading list

Over the past five years of researching media impact, it’s become clear to me that even those of us who spend our time researching the complexities of impact assessment sometimes rely on unwritten assumptions: that change is linear, and can be easily measured; that social media is an effective organizing tool; that conventional meetings and […]

Impact spotlight: Sea of Shadows

Last week, in collaboration with Philanthropy New York and the Environmental Grantmakers Association, we held a special screening and discussion of the award-winning film Sea of Shadows, a new film by National Geographic that serves as a blueprint for how a conservation effort can come together in spite of widespread institutional corruption and dangerous cartels. In […]